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J.M.W. Turner. 1775-1851.

Basle. c. 1806-07. Published by J.M.W. Turner, 11 June 1807. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 5.ii/vi. Series: Liber Studiorum Part I. Image: 7 1/4 x 10 1/4; plate: 8 1/4 x 11 1/4; sheet: 10 3/4 x 14 3/8. Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved (mezzotinted) by C. Turner (Charles Turner. 1773-1857). Margins grubby; otherwise good condition. A fine impression printed in sepia ink, on cream laid paper with full margins. With the blindstamp im the lower right-hand margin of the 1873 Turner collection sale at Christie's. Signed with the artist's and mezzotinter's names in the plate. $650.

Junction of the Severn and Wye. c. 1806-07. Drawn, etched and engraved (mezzotinted) by J.M.W Turner. Published by J.M.W. Turner, June 1811. Etching. aquatint and mezzotint. Finberg 28.i/iii. Series: Liber Studiorum Part VI. Image: 7 1/8 x 10 3/8; plate: 8 1/4 x 11 1/2; sheet: 9 5/16 x 13 9/16. A fine impression printed in sepia ink, on ivory wove paper with full margins. One of eleven prints from the series that is totally by Turner's hand. Signed with the artist's name in the plate. $2,500.

Ville de Thun Published January 1, 1819. Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved (mezzotinted) by engraved by Thomas Hodgetts (active 1801/1846). Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 59.iii/iii. Series: Liber Studiorum Part XII. Image: 7 x 10 3/8; plate 8 3/16 x 10 3/8; sheet: 9 3/8 x 12 5/16. A fine impression printed in black/brown ink, on cream wove paper. Signed with the artist's and mezzotinter's names in the plate. $750.

Christ and the Woman of Samaria. c. 1810-15. Published by J.M.W. Turner, 1 January 1819. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 79.v/v. Series: Liber Studiorum. Image: 7 1/4 x 10 3/8; plate: 8 1/8 x 11 3/8; sheet 12 x 17 1/2. Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved(mezzotinted) by S.W. Reynolds (Samuel William Reynolds 1773-1835). A fine impression printed in black/brown ink, on cream wove paper with full margins and deckle edges on two sides. This is an impression that J.M.W.Turner retained for his private collection and that was auctioned by his executors in 1873. All impressions included in this sale bore the Turner Sale Blindstamp, found in the lower center of the plate. Signed with the artist's and mezzotinter's names in the plate. $750.

Glaucus and Scylla. c. 1810-15. Printed about 1870. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 73. Series: Liber Studiorum. Image: 7 x 10 1/4; plate: 8 x 11 3/8; sheet 10 3/8 x 17 5/8. A fine impression printed in black/brown ink, on cream wove paper with full margins. Drawn and etched and engraved by J.M.W Turner. Engraved(mezzotinted) by William Say. 1768-1832. This is an impression that J.M.W.Turner retained for his private collection and that was auctioned by his executors in 1873. All impressions included in this sale bore the Turner Sale Blindstamp, found in the lower center of the plate. Unsigned. Annotated in pencil below the platmark, "One of 25 Selected Impressions printed for Mr. E.G. Rawlinson." There were no lifetime impressions. $950.

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J. M. W. Turner's paintings epitomized the sublime, a sense of awe-inspiring beauty beyond simple loveliness. His evocative etching and mezzotint print series, the Liber Studiorum (1807-19), was just as influential. Printed in sepia lines and tonal areas evoking Old Master drawing ink and modeling, Turner's series of 71 prints is an extended ode to the landscape. The letters above each work designate the subject type, including architectural (A), pastoral (P) and elevated pastoral (EP), and historical (H), marine (M), and mountainous (M). Turner's exhaustive categories inspired John Constable to produce a further-specialized mezzotint series of 22 English landscapes. Turner chose to categorize the plates into five main parts: Historical, Mountainous, Pastoral (Elevated or Epic), Marine, and Architectural. According to Herrmann, the sixth part of the Liber Studiorum - marked 'E' - was devoted to the Claudian landscape.

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